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The nice summer weather means it’s time to get active outside! What better way to beat the boredom of a gym routine than exploring the outdoors? With so many sports and activities to choose from, where do you start? Here’s a quick guide to some resources.

Local/Community Parks

Many cities have well-maintained park facilities that are perfect for working out. Many have running paths with small exercise stations along the way. Some also offer tennis courts and swimming pools. One big advantage of local parks is proximity—there’s no need to travel far. They also have playgrounds for your kids while you get physical as well; and they are usually free! Check your local parks to see if they have amenities that offer new activities to try.

State Parks/Preserved Recreational Land

Getting to know nature is truly incredible. With so many state and national parklands, you can explore miles of hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails or pack up for a long weekend camping or backpacking. Communicating with nature is a wonderful way to be more active and to get to know our incredibly diverse landscapes.

Lakes and Rivers

When the weather gets hot, it’s fun to get wet! Water sports like swimming, kayaking, and tubing are great ways to cool off, have fun, and get some exercise.


Splashing in ocean waves, body surfing, swimming, or snorkeling are all energizing ways to spend a day. Plus, playing sports in the sand is twice the challenge! So grab a football or Frisbee and start a game! The beach is a great place to get together with family and friends for some quality time.

Active Valley CT

The Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center offers a free online guide of low-cost and no-cost physical activity resources in the Lower Naugatuck Valley communities of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Derby, Naugatuck, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton. Click here to see all the Lower Naugatuck Valley has to offer!

Whether you enjoy surfing or cycling, there are endless opportunities to get active outdoors. Check online or with your local recreation department to find community resources nearby. You may be surprised to find how much is available. Try something new and surprise yourself too!